Nets' Green back in Boston

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Nets' Green back in Boston

BOSTON It has taken Gerald Green two years, four NBA teams, two trips to Russia and one to China to make it back to where it all began in Boston.

On Friday night, Green was at the TD Garden on a 10-day contract with the New Jersey Nets as they took on the Celtics.

Green was drafted by the Celtics in the first round of the 2005 NBA Draft. After two seasons, he was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of the Kevin Garnett trade. Green had stints with the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks before leaving the league and playing basketball overseas.

He has been trying to work his way back ever since.

"It was tough because this is the greatest league in the world," Green, now 26, said before the Celtics' 107-94 win. "So if youre not here its kind of like youre just lost."

Green joined the Los Angeles D-Fenders this season and captured the NBA D-League All-Star Game MVP title during All-Star Weekend in Orlando. He signed a 10-day contract with the Nets on Monday. With everything happening so quickly, he never had a chance to retrieve his belongings from Los Angeles and went shopping for new clothes in New Jersey.

He hopes to make the most of this opportunity and establish a place in the league he entered at the young age of 18.

"I think if I had known the stuff that I know now, things would probably be a lot different," he said. "Sometimes its not the mistake you make. Its when you know that you made a mistake and you correct it and not try to do it again."

He continued, "Going out of high school was the best thing for me I think because youre not going to get any better development than the NBA. I just dont think I prepared myself the right way like I should have professionally. If I had been a better professional at a young age, I probably wouldnt be in this situation. But hey, I think thats whats making me grow into a bigger person and a better person now because I learned from my mistakes."

Green scored 11 points off of 5-for-10 shooting in 24 minutes against the Celtics. He is one player Cs head coach Doc Rivers is happy to see succeed on the opposing team.

"I think theres still a very good chance for Gerald Green," Rivers said. "He was just so young when he was here. Hes skilled. I think people just looked at Gerald and saw this freak athlete that won the Dunk Contest. Gerald can make shots. He can really shoot the basketball. He just hadnt been taught how to play basketball and its a gift. So Im just hoping it works out for him. It would be a terrific story."

Patriots re-sign DT Anthony Johnson to practice squad

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Patriots re-sign DT Anthony Johnson to practice squad

FOXBORO -- The Patriots have re-signed defensive tackle Anthony Johnson to their practice squad, the team announced. 

Johnson, 23, made the Patriots out of training camp after putting together an impressive preseason in which he recorded five quarterback pressures and was in on two sacks. In two regular-season games, he played 43 snaps as an interior pass-rusher, registering one quarterback hit and one hurry. He was inactive for New England's Week 2 game against the Dolphins. 

The 6-foot-2, 295-pounder was released earlier this week in order to clear room for free-agent defensive lineman John Hughes to be added to the roster. Hughes checks in at 6-2, 320 pounds and would serve more as a space-eating defensive tackle than Johnson, who was used as more of a penetrating pass-rusher. 

In order to make room for Johnson on the practice squad, the Patriots released offensive lineman Ian Silberman.

Curran: Patriots' success during Brady suspension is deliciously ironic

Curran: Patriots' success during Brady suspension is deliciously ironic

FOXBORO -- Bob McNair seems like a nice man. 

But the 27-0 prime-time embarrassment his team was handed Thursday was particularly tasty given the moronic observations McNair offered last summer regarding Deflategate. 

Showing the inch-deep knowledge of the case that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and the league’s operations people courted with their slanted or flat-out incorrect information leaks, McNair said in September of 2015: "What escalated the whole thing is that [Tom] Brady and the Patriots were going to cooperate fully, and then when it came down to it, they didn't. If it was J.J. Watt, I think he would have been cooperative, and it wouldn't be a question . . . I don't think J.J. would destroy his cellphone.

"I support Roger," McNair added. "I think he’s done a good job. He’s got the toughest job. Imagine the amount of stress he’s placed under, the people pulling from different directions. He’s got 32 bosses. I’m sure there are a few who aren’t happy with some of his decisions. He’s got to do, in his opinion, what’s in the best interests of the league."

This wasn’t a case of McNair just politely offering an opinion and moving on. He went on for a good long while. 

"Is there anything conclusive there? No, you don't have any conclusive evidence," McNair said. "But the whole idea is we want to make sure we have a competitive playing field that's level for everybody ... don't want people breaking the rules. In the minds of somebody in that organization, they thought it was important. They thought it would give them a competitive advantage, and that's why they did it . . . You just want to eliminate that kind of situation if you can.

"You know, when you look back on it, if Brady had just said, 'Look, my guys know I like a softer ball, and that's what I like, and so they do it. But I don't go out and check the pressure of the balls.' . . . I don't think there would have been an issue," McNair continued. "It would have been a problem with the guys on the training staff who deflated the balls, and the Patriots would have got some kind of minor penalty; it wouldn't have been a big deal."

The Patriots smashed Houston in Texas during the 2015 season with Brady at the helm. But there’s irony in Thursday’s 27-0 shutout while the Patriots were in the midst of a penalty McNair obviously was approved of. And the irony is magnified with the news the Texans lost J.J. Watt in the process. 

The first three Brady-less games proved to be revelatory as well. 

Sunday, two weeks after his Cardinals lost to the Patriots at home on a yanked field goal in the closing seconds, Arizona head coach Bruce Arians chose to mock and belittle his long-snapper, Kameron Canady. 

Arians is a pet of the national media because of his glibness and accessibility. But there was no chastising to be found after he said Canady needed to “grow the hell up” and that Canady’s problems had “nothing to do with anything but what’s between his ears.”

Not a peep about Carson Palmer throwing picks on every single one of the Cardinals final four drives -- the second time in four games dating back to last year’s playoffs that Palmer ran Arizona into the ground with picks. No singling out All-Pro Patrick Peterson, who got walked through by LeGarrette Blount on the Patriots' game-winning field goal drive and failed to scoop up a turnover against the Bills. No, Arians went hard after the long-snapper. And then cut his ass. Not that Canady didn’t deserve the release and maybe the tongue-lashing as well. But it’s revealing that Arians skates while there would the national media would have been seeking safe spaces if Bill Belichick suggested a player was a little mentally fragile. 

It was amusing last year to watch three franchises that were at the forefront of the torchlit stampede against the Patriots -- Indianapolis, Baltimore and the Giants -- faceplant to varying degrees. 

But no one could have expected the schadenfreude to continue even with Brady down. We’ve pointed this out before, but it’s worth circling back to now: If the Patriots deal Jimmy Garoppolo, the team will have recouped the first-round pick the Patriots the league confiscated and they’ll be able to do so because of the showcase that came as a result of Brady’s suspension. Meanwhile, Jacoby Brissett has given feedback that he’s very much on the right track and Brady’s avoided a month of wear-and-tear on a 39-year-old body.  

The league’s last desperate hope for seeing the Patriots lose at least one damn game during this suspension is . . .  Rex Ryan. And Rex has to get it done at Gillette in the third of three straight home games for the Patriots. 

It’s like the league ordered their whole damn Deflategate plan from ACME